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NHS: ICT

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to replace Fujitsu with an (a) existing and (b) new Local Service Provider. (212277)

A decision will be taken in due course. Meanwhile, work is underway to ensure a smooth transition to alternative arrangements. Fujitsu will continue to support information technology systems and services already provided to the national health service. New systems and services will be delivered either through existing suppliers or through a new framework contract that has been set up to deal with such situations. Final decisions will take into account the preferences and business cases of local NHS bodies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons a contractual termination notice was issued to Fujitsu. (212280)

The contractual termination notice was issued because of failure to meet key contractual milestones and to provide an acceptable remediation plan. Since payment for systems and services is only made when they are delivered and are deemed to be satisfactory, the taxpayer's interests have been protected in this case.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what he expects the total annual (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure on NHS information technology to be once the National Programme for IT in the NHS is complete. (212297)

National health service budgets for years beyond 2010-11 are dependent on the outcome of future spending reviews. It is therefore not possible to make meaningful estimates of the kind requested.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what he expects the annual recurrent (a) capital and (b) revenue costs of (i) the National Network for the NHS (N3), (ii) the National Data Spine, (iii) the Care Records Service, (iv) HealthSpace, (v) Choose and Book, (vi) the Electronic Prescription Service, (vii) NHSmail, (viii) the Quality Management and Analysis System, (ix) the NHS Connecting for Health Service Desk and (x) the Picture Archiving and Communications Systems to be once the current contracts have been completed. (212299)

These costs will depend on the outcome of future procurement decisions and contract negotiations, and for that reason it is not possible to make meaningful estimates of the kind requested.